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Fear, Anxiety & Phobias

Hypnosis Can Relieve Fears, Phobias & Panic Attacks

Anxiety is a normal response to stress or danger. The purpose of anxiety is to help prepare the body for action and it can improve performance in a range of situations. This is known as the 'fight or flight' response, which is the body's way of helping you in dangerous situations. Anxiety becomes a problem when it is experienced inappropriately, intensely, and interferes with a person’s daily life.


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Panic Disorder is characterized by repeated panic attacks that occur unpredictably and often, without obvious causes. A person can even wake up during the night having a panic attack. The attacks consist of severe anxiety with physical and psychological symptoms. They can be terrifying for the sufferer, who often feels as if they are having a heart attack, they cannot breathe, or that they’re going crazy.


A Phobia is a fear that is out of proportion to the situation that causes it that cannot be explained away. The person typically avoids the feared situation, since this helps to reduce the anxiety. Some phobias represent heightened normal anxiety toward situations that people are evolutionarily ‘prepared’ to fear, such as snakes, heights, and sharp objects. In other instances, a phobia may arise by a non-threatening situation being associated with a traumatic experience. Having a fender bender in icy weather may lead to a phobia of driving, ice, or snow. 


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Hypnosis works to reduce fears, phobias and panic attacks by:

  • Addressing causes of fears, phobias and panic attacks, then overcoming them
  • Creating a more positive and proactive approach to living
  • Creating an understanding of personal triggers and addressing them on multiple levels
  • Teaching relaxation techniques exercises such as self-hypnosis, thereby developing new ways to address fears
  • Imparting an understanding of the individual nature of fears and phobias
  • Creating and envisioning positive outcomes for the future

Bottom Line: There is NO reason why you or anyone you care about should continue to suffer from fear, phobias, and panic attacks. Hypnosis can help. Make the call.

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Hypnosis treatment for fears, phobias, and panic attacks is two-pronged - designed to help in immediate term and also to offer long-term strategies so the client can effectively manage the fears and anxiety in the future.


No one was born to live in a constant state of panic. With the correct treatment, you can put this behind you. You can move on.

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Anxiety

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Anxiety disorders can be grouped loosely into 3 categories – Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Phobias. They tend to overlap and it is not uncommon for people to have features of several of the disorders.


Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by symptoms that can include:


  • Inner tension
  • Agitation
  • Fear of losing control
  • Dread that something catastrophic is going to happen, such as a blackout, seizure, heart attack or death
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of detachment, as if trapped in a bubble separate from the world
  • Racing heart beat (palpitations)
  • Breathing fast, shortness of breath, finding it difficult to catch your breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling queasy
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

With Generalized Anxiety Disorder, the symptoms a person experiences can be present for much of the day and not restricted to specific situations.

Phobias

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Phobias typically occur in specific situations, for example a fear of dentists. People experience ‘anticipatory anxiety’ upon thinking of the situation and therefore go out of their way to avoid it. Phobias are common in the general population. Severe phobias, which prove to be disabling, occur in about 2% of the population. 


Specific (Simple) Phobias include:

  • Animal phobias (e.g. dogs, snakes, spiders)
    • These phobias often start in childhood, usually before age seven
  • Blood and injury phobias
    • Fear of blood tests, fainting at the sight of blood
  • Vertigo
    • Fear of heights
  • Agoraphobia
    • Intense fear of leaving the home, being in crowded spaces, traveling on public transportation and/or being in any place that is difficult to leave
    • Around 75% of sufferers are women, and it occurs in just under 1% of the population
    • Agoraphobia can follow a life event and may be associated with a fear of “what if it happens while I’m away from home” 
    • Commonly occurs with panic attacks: person may have a panic attack when outside the home, which reinforces the belief that it’s safer to stay inside
    • Often associated with depression
  • Social Phobia
    • Fear of social interaction with others, talking to people, eating, drinking, and speaking in public
    • In contrast to agoraphobia, men and women are affected equally
    • Many people have a mixture of agoraphobia and social phobia
    • Often associated with depression

What's Behind Fears, Phobias & Panic Attacks?

The Subconscious and Limbic System

Feelings of anxiety and panic are initiated at the subconscious level of the mind; these feelings are then processed via the limbic system and turned into physical responses. 


The limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring). If the subconscious part of the mind has latched on to the incorrect perception that someone is in very real danger, the limbic system can make that person's body react as if they are in very real danger. The subconscious mind simply cannot tell the difference between a real and an imagined danger, and will react in the same way for both. Anxiety and feelings of panic are symptoms of this process. In the case of an imagined danger the body has no outlet or release and the symptoms can increase, often leading to a full-blown panic attack.


We can use hypnosis to connect directly with the subconscious mind and re-program its beliefs to be in line with reality. Once we have uncovered the origin of the faulty perception, we are empowered to correct and neutralize it. The individual is then free to move forward, leaving this difficult and restricting condition in the past.

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